Section 6: Pulse Compression

In order to obtain high peak power pulses so that interesting things can happen, optical pulse compression is necessary. As mentioned in other places on this website already, optical pulse compression can take place using a variety of methods; most commonly used of these are gratings and prisms. In this section, we will take a look at a few different methods to obtain very short pulse durations for a variety of wavelength regions in fibers. Once finished with this section, it may be interesting to head over the “Ultrafast Optics” section of this website for methods to measure these short pulses. As per usual, this section closely follows Agrawal’s “Nonlinear Fiber Optics”, but I will also provide further resources for each of the sections.

Table of Contents:

  1. Grating Pair
  2. Fiber-Grating Compressors
  3. Soliton-Effect Compressors
  4. Other Techniques
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